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News and stories for SA Aboriginal Nations

New reserve highlights Kaurna culture

​The redeveloped Felixstow Reserve in Adelaide’s east has been awarded for outstanding landscape design, including its recognition of Kaurna culture at the 2019 SA Landscape Architecture Awards.

The park is a “celebration of rich local history and living culture from a bi-cultural perspective”.


Talking about the Voice

​A local reconciliation group believes that awareness of the Uluru Statement from the Heart is dwindling and so will host an information session to discuss the proposal. The Blackwood Reconciliation Group will host an open community forum about the Uluru Statement from the Heart on Wednesday October 9.


Working with Aboriginal children in care

Tracy Rigney says that the Department of Child Protection is “leaning in” to work with the Aboriginal community, is seeking to increase cultural responsiveness among staff through a new Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal Employment Plan and is taking action to benefit Aboriginal families in line with its departmental Aboriginal Action Plan.


Artists Emerging at Our Mob

A wide variety of artworks by South Australian Aboriginal artists are now on display at the Adelaide Festival Centre with this year's Our Mob exhibition. Sonya Rankine, Elizabeth Close, Greg Burgoyne and Linda Bromley reflect on what their work means to them and what it shares about their identity and culture.


Look again at Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu, a beautiful new version of his award winning and influential book Dark Emu uses first-hand accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, to argue for us to look again at the ‘hunter-gatherer’ label that was given to pre-colonial Aboriginal people.


Meet the Our Mob artists

Today we hear from some artists who are showing their work at the Our Mob exhibition of works by South Australian First Nations artists. Greg Burgoyne, Linda Bromley and Don Dunstan Emerging Artist Award recipient Sonya Rankine speak to Lucy Kingston about their art practice and how it relates to their personal stories, culture and identity.


Shona Reid on Reconciliation in SA

On the showthis week, we speak to Executive Director of Reconciliation South Australia Shona Reid about her time at this year’s amazing Garma festival up in East Arnhem Land. Shona also speaks about Reconciliation SA's future directions.


Elizabeth Close on Our Mob

Contemporary artist, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman Elizabeth Close speaks about the role that the Our Mob exhibition of art by South Australian Aboriginal artists has played in her now very busy arts career. She first got involved with Our Mob very early in her career and has an exciting new work on display this year.


Working together to bring them home

After years of uncertainty and loss, the Kaurna community were able to lay some of their old people to rest on their traditional lands in an emotional ceremony in late July.

Kaurna leaders went to Canberra to collect around 800 ancestral remains, some of which had been stored in London’s Natural History Museum and brought them home to be buried.


RMMAC monitoring environment projects

River Murray Mallee Aboriginal Corporation (RMMAC) community members are undertaking cultural heritage monitoring at two significant infrastructure projects in the Riverland.

Trained cultural heritage officers have been involved with the Riverine Recovery Project (RRP) and the South Australian Riverland Floodplains Integrated Infrastructure Program (SARFIIP).


​ SA communities ask for control of country

A state parliamentary committee has recognised a ‘widespread desire’ from Aboriginal communities to have greater control over their land, including the Aboriginal Lands Trust returning land to community control. While the committee recognised the desire for change, it also stated that “there still needs to be a level of protection so the land is not put at risk”.

It has recommended an independent inquiry into Aboriginal land ownership across the state.


Keith Thomas on Native Title in SA

​With most native title claims in SA likely to be resolved within the next few years, the CEO of SA Native Title Services Keith Thomas discusses how native title supports traditional owners to advance their own goals for their community and country.


Jeffrey Newchurch on Reburial

On this program we speak to Kaurna Elder Jeffrey Newchurch on the return of eleven Kaurna old people from overseas to be reburied on their country.


Rikki Milera-Wilson on getting active

On this show, meet Rikki Milera-Wilson, marathon runner and an inspiring young woman who wants to create opportunities for people in her community to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.
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